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Ok so I chose to use SLAX and it's all I have now. My goal is to zero write or low level format the hdd on my computer. So I ...
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- 09-22-2012 #1
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How do I zero write the hdd with SLAX?
Ok so I chose to use SLAX and it's all I have now. My goal is to zero write or low level format the hdd on my computer. So I use the dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda1 command and it comes back with a message that there isn't any free space and it doesn't write zeros like I want. Can someone please tell me what I'm doing wrong and get me on track please? Thanks....
- 09-22-2012 #2
You were close... Try this one:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1M
If you're looking to wipe it for security reasons (selling/giving the drive), you can write random data instead of 0s:
dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=1M
Make sure that /dev/sda is, indeed, the drive that you want to wipe!
Just re-read the original post... if needed, replace sda with hda.